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MPs call for Theresa May to permit poll on abortion in Northern Ireland

PM believes it would be wrong for Westminster to legislate on matter in devolved administration

Theresa May was facing growing demands to allow a referendum on relaxing the abortion laws in Northern Ireland on Sunday after signalling that she will not risk alienating her DUP allies by letting MPs settle the matter with a parliamentary vote.

Conservative MPs and the Royal College of Midwives were among those calling for a referendum, which would give voters in Northern Ireland the chance to follow the example set by the Republic of Ireland after it backed abortion liberalisation by a surprise landslide of two to one.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 9:03 am

Return colonial artefacts to build bridges post-Brexit, Olusoga says

Speaking at Hay festival, BBC historian says museums are full of objects from countries that are now trading partners

British museums should send back thousands of objects taken from former colonies to help build bridges in the post-Brexit world, according to the historian David Olusoga.

Olusoga, who was one of the three presenters of the recent BBC series Civilisations, told the Hay literary festival that European and American museums were full of objects taken in violent raids from countries that are now the UK’s trading partners.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 7:49 am

Trump-Kim summit on track, says Moon, as US officials in talks at border

Kim Jong-un is committed to meeting Donald Trump and complete denuclearisation, South Korean president Moon Jae-in said a day after a surprise meeting with the North Korean leader.

Related: The North Korea farce makes it clear again: Trump is dangerous | Simon Tisdall

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 7:42 am

Former president George HW Bush admitted to hospital in Maine

Former president George HW Bush was taken to a hospital in Maine on Sunday after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue, a family spokesman said.

Bush, 93 and the oldest living former US president, will likely remain at Southern Maine Health Care for a few days for observation, said the spokesman.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 6:49 am

Giuseppe Conte fails to form populist government in Italy

Coalition of Five Star Movement and the League fails as President Sergio Mattarella vetoes Eurosceptic ministerial candidate

Italy has been plunged into fresh political turmoil after prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte formally rejected a mandate to form a new populist government.

Conte, an academic and lawyer with no political experience, said he had given “the maximum effort and attention” to accomplishing his task, but had been unable to do so despite the “full collaboration” of the coalition partners, the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and far-right League.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 6:27 am

Rudy Giuliani admits 'Spygate' is Trump PR tactic against Robert Mueller

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that his repeated imputations of a supposed scandal at the heart of the Robert Mueller investigation – which Donald Trump calls “Spygate” – amounted to a tactic to sway public opinion and limit the risk of the president being impeached.

Related: Michael Cohen: inside the strange world of Trump's fixer

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 6:03 am

Anatomy of a police shooting: the final hours of Elijah Holcombe

In this extract from her book, Kate Wild reconstructs the lead-up to the alleyway shooting of a mentally ill man

“Mr Holcombe? We have some news for you regarding Elijah, but we’d like to tell you in person. Can we come over and see you?”

Jeremy’s ears began to ring.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 6:00 am

How Fortnite conquered the world

Millions of teenagers have turned this unheralded video game into a cultural giant – and even parents are relaxed about it

Fortnite, a video game released without much fanfare last July, is now arguably the most popular diversion in the world; a cultural juggernaut on a par with Star Wars, or Minecraft – though one now also attracting players with a $100m prize fund. Playgrounds jostle as children showboat dance moves copied from the game, while parents tip from mournful anxiety about screentime quotas, to blessed relief that here is a game that encourages teamwork, compromise and communication between their otherwise monosyllabic adolescents.

Fortnite borrows the premise of the Japanese novel Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, in which contestants are sent to an island where they must scavenge and fight until only one remains. In Fortnite you are dropped along with 99 other players from a flying bus, and parachute on to a candy-coloured island. Every few minutes a lethal electrical storm draws closer, herding survivors toward a final standoff.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 6:00 am

Ben Jennings on the Trump-Kim nuclear summit – cartoon

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 6:00 am

How the humble stapler came to a Guardian reader’s aid | Paul Chadwick

More feedback on the new design has some finding that the tabloid-sized pages have ‘migratory tendencies’. One long-time reader has a solution

Like the pages of a tabloid-sized newspaper, the issues that readers raise about the smaller Guardian keep coming loose. This week more readers made contact, responding to my three recent columns that summarised your feedback since January.

A prominent theme throughout has been difficulties in keeping the pages together. The paper has “migratory tendencies”, said one reader, which it seems had not been experienced with broadsheet- and Berliner-sized Guardians of the past. However, the problem had been noticed when occasionally reading a different paper also tabloid-sized.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 5:52 am

Mutiny festival deaths: mother of Georgia Jones, 18, describes her heartbreak

Janine Milburn pays tribute to ‘my little girl’ as festival cancelled after two deaths

Two people died and another was in a critical condition on Sunday amid warnings that a “dangerous high strength” batch of drugs had been in circulation at a music festival in Hampshire.

Georgia Jones, 18, was named by her mother on social media as one of those who died after taking drugs at the Mutiny festival in Portsmouth on Saturday night. Janine Milburn posted a tribute on Facebook saying that “my little girl was 18 and full of life” and urging young people to avoid drugs.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 5:41 am

Molinari sinks McIlroy in the PGA Championship and thinks Ryder Cup

• Italian clocks up fifth tour win and starts to ponder Paris
• Northern Irishman fires a two-under 70 to Molinari’s 68

No wonder Francesco Molinari is suddenly eyeing a Ryder Cup berth. No wonder Thomas Bjorn, Europe’s captain, would be delighted to have him. The Italian’s previous two appearances in the biennial event have resulted in victories for Europe. Wentworth on Sunday served as a reminder of Molinari being much more than a lucky mascot.

Molinari’s bid to form part of the 2018 Ryder Cup contingent received a huge boost with victory at the PGA Championship. His closing 68, for an 17-under total, saw off Rory McIlroy’s challenge by two. Molinari’s unflappable showing could only have impressed Bjorn, as will the European Tour’s latest champion having a proven knack at Le Golf National. He has been a three-time runner-up at the French Open, the venue for September’s Ryder Cup match.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 5:35 am

Wild horses and a hemp parade: Sunday's best photos

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 5:27 am

Release of American jailed in Venezuela won't change US policy, Rubio says

The return to the US of a Mormon missionary who was held for two years without trial in Venezuela does not represent an opening in US policy towards the South American country, Republican senator Marco Rubio said on Sunday.

Related: US rejects 'insult to democracy' as Venezuela president Maduro pursues second term

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 5:26 am

Chris Froome wins Giro d’Italia in Rome to join cycling’s exclusive club

• Froome becomes first Briton to win the century-old race
• First cyclist in 35 years to hold three grand tours at same time

Finally, 109 years after the Gazzetta dello Sport decided to hold a bike race across Italy to boost sales, Britain has its first Giro d’Italia winner. And while this was Chris Froome’s sixth grand tour title, following four victories at the Tour de France and another at the Vuelta a España, this was surely the sweetest.

Not everyone felt Froome should be racing given his ongoing legal battle to clear his name after twice the permitted levels of salbutamol were found in his system at the Vuelta. He also crashed before the first stage and struggled for much of the opening fortnight. And even as late as Friday morning he was in fourth place, 3min 22sec behind. Yet somehow he found a way. Again.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 5:15 am

Canova Bust of Peace on sale in first public outing in 200 years

Sculpture with estimate of over £1m was gradually forgotten by family in Wales who owned it

Peace was never exactly lost, but over 150 years and five generations the sculpture, an original work by Antonio Canova that is now to be auctioned with an estimate of well over £1m, was gradually forgotten by the family in Wales who owned it.

Canova (1757-1822), whose patrons included the pope, Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, was one of the most celebrated and expensive sculptors of the early 19th century.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 5:10 am

The Gove-Davidson axis is a Tory dream ticket. But does it have legs? | Matthew d’Ancona

A scheme may be afoot to get the Scottish Tory leader into Westminster. But show me a leadership pact that has ever been a success

It is close to an iron rule of politics that leadership pacts and succession plans never succeed. Anthony Eden grew so frustrated waiting for Churchill to make way that his health suffered grievously. The briefly fashionable idea that Michael Heseltine would replace John Major, paving the way for Michael Portillo to take over, never came to pass. And as for the supposed “Granita deal” between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, enough said. So I approach with caution this weekend’s reports that Michael Gove could succeed Theresa May as a “caretaker prime minister” next year and then yield place, in smooth transition, to Ruth Davidson before the next general election.

First of all, there are at least five other contenders for the top job who would not be sanguine about such a cosy arrangement. Second, politics rarely respects the lessons of game theory, in which wise participants seek “the action of greatest mutual benefit”. The default setting of the trade is Darwinian in its ruthlessness and chaotic in its patterns. Self-interest trumps collaboration; blueprints curl up in the flames of unpredictability.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 5:08 am

England may get more national parks after protected areas review

Michael Gove says move prompted by rising population and decline in certain habitats

A new wave of national parks could be created after the environment secretary, Michael Gove, announced plans for a review of protected areas.

The review, which will also consider areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs), will look at how they can bolster wildlife, improve visitor access and support people who live and work there.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 4:55 am

Johanna Konta falls at first hurdle of the French Open yet again

• British No1 beaten in straight sets by Yulia Putintseva
• Fourth year in a row Konta has gone out in first round

Johanna Konta’s assertion that Roland Garros holds no fears for her crumbled again like the clay beneath her feet when Yulia Putintseva put her to the sword in an hour and 24 minutes in the infamous Bullring on a cloyingly warm Sunday afternoon.

A player battling to stay inside the top 100 dumped the British No 1 out of the French Open in the first round 6-4, 6-3, going away. For the fourth year in a row Konta has lost at the earliest stage to an opponent so far removed from her in the rankings – 71 places this time – it should have been a mismatch.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 4:53 am

Richard Wood fires Rotherham into Championship with playoff final double

Paul Warne was happy as Rotherham’s fitness coach in November 2016, when he was persuaded to take over as manager, already the third of the season, to oversee their inevitable relegation from the Championship with some dignity. Not only did he manage that but after reluctantly accepting the role permanently, he has now taken them back at the first attempt, beating Shrewsbury 2-1 in the League One play-off final.

“I’ll struggle to get a job as a fitness coach now,” Warne said afterwards. Not that promotion has entirely convinced him of his own abilities. “It was tough last year. I questioned myself no end of times. The chairman convinced me that I have the attributes to be a good manager. I still try to convince myself that most days.”

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 4:53 am

Rupert Everett gears up for the next chapter: moving in with his mum

Speaking at Hay festival about his latest film The Happy Prince, the star also explained how being openly gay got him typecast

He has lived the wild life in Hollywood and New York, partied with Madonna, hung out with Andy Warhol, and sniffed poppers with Hardy Amies but Rupert Everett’s next chapter promises to be more sedate: he’s moving in with his mum.

“It’s done, I’m there,” the actor told Hay literary festival in Wales. “It’s very peculiar, I’m not sure if it’s a wonderful thing, or a tragic thing yet.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 4:53 am

Priti Patel calls for investigation into remain campaign spending

Tory MP wants watchdog to examine Britain Stronger in Europe’s referendum spending

The former cabinet minister Priti Patel has called for the election watchdog to investigate spending by the remain campaign in the EU referendum.

The Brexit-backing Tory MP questioned the impartiality of the Electoral Commission and said it should either investigate Britain Stronger in Europe or end its inquiry into the Vote Leave campaign.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 4:10 am

Jürgen Klopp’s alchemy requires new ingredients to reach next level | Barney Ronay

The Liverpool manager has worked wonders this season but his high-octane squad now needs some investment from the board to compete on the biggest stage

Close to one in the morning, deep in the concrete bowels of the Olympic Stadium, Jürgen Klopp sighed with some feeling and prepared to put away the frazzled but stoically brave face he’d brought to the final post-match press conference of Liverpool’s season.

There were two last questions from local media. Both were essentially expressions of pleasure at Klopp’s presence in Kiev, where he is hugely popular for reasons that range from Liverpool’s diaspora support to that translatable sense of authenticity. (“I like this Klopp,” was the verdict of one ex-Soviet citizen of a similar age. “He is for the collective”.)

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 4:09 am

Islamic State 'kills four Russian soldiers in Syria'

Russian defence ministry says ‘terrorists’ wounded five others in Deir ez-Zor

A clash with “terrorists” in eastern Syria resulted in the deaths of four Russian soldiers, Russia’s defence ministry said on Sunday.

Russian and Syrian government troops and pro-government gunmen have been fighting members of the Islamic State group in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor where the extremists resumed their attacks against government forces and their allies in recent weeks.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 4:05 am

The Guardian view on the Irish referendum: now for the North

The overwhelming victory for repeal shows an appetite for change which should be recognised in Northern Ireland too

The implications of the Irish referendum vote will be felt around the world. The most immediate effect must be in Northern Ireland: five Conservative women who have all been ministers for women and equality are urging Theresa May to override the DUP and significantly relax abortion laws there. They are right to do so, although she is resisting. The province’s absurdly strict law means rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormalities are not seen as valid reasons for termination. However, Ireland will now be looking to make an abortion law that reflects the 21st century – and so should the United Kingdom as a whole.

Labour MP Stella Creasy has proposed amendments to a forthcoming domestic violence bill which would provide a mechanism to do so. Abortion in the UK is framed by a 1967 statute which did not decriminalise termination but introduced a narrow exemption from the criminal law. Deeper reforms are needed and these must be extended across the UK. At the very least, women in England and Wales, like those in Scotland, ought to be allowed to take the abortion pill in their own homes. It is a fraught debate but on a free vote this will surely be carried. The home secretary, Sajid Javid, must provide MPs with a bill that would allow Ms Creasy’s amendments to relax abortion laws across the UK.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 4:02 am

Child dies and vineyards destroyed as storms sweep western France

Child killed by falling branch as hailstorms sweep west of country including wine regions

Violent hailstorms hit western France destroying swaths of vineyards and killing a girl out walking with her parents.

The sudden and powerful storms that struck the Bordeaux and Charentais winemaking regions on Saturday took residents by surprise with some describing them as the worst in 30 years.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 3:55 am

Landlords to fight use of CVAs by retailers seeking rent cuts

House of Fraser, Mothercare and Carluccio’s among struggling retailers seeking rent cuts to avoid collapse

High street landlords are gearing up for war with retailers, whom they accuse of railroading them into agreeing to rent cuts via increasingly controversial company voluntary arrangements (CVAs).

Struggling businesses including the department store chain House of Fraser, the children’s retailer Mothercare and the Carluccio’s Italian restaurant chain are all seeking CVAs, where property owners accept lower rents to help a tenant avoid financial collapse.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 3:42 am

China protests 'provocation' after two US ships sail near disputed islands

Two US warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China on Sunday, two US officials told Reuters, in a move likely to anger Beijing as Donald Trump seeks its continued cooperation on North Korea.

Related: North Korea-US summit on track, says Moon, after candid talks with 'friend' Kim Jong-un

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 3:40 am

Browsing porn in incognito mode isn't nearly as private as you think | Dylan Curran

When you use incognito mode, it doesn’t mean that your activity disappears forever – it’s just on the incriminating device

Ctrl-shift-N: the wondrous keyboard shortcut to start an incognito tab in Google Chrome. You hesitantly type in your odious search, and find the porn site which in that moment you feel a magnetizing attraction to.

You pore over the endless volumes of pornographic videos. Image after image promises to delight the senses. You continue scrolling and clicking until you find the video that will satisfy that seductive and overpowering urge.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 3:33 am

Thousands from far right and Berlin's techno scene face off in rival rallies

German police deployed to keep anti-immigration AfD group and counter-protesters apart and avoid clashes

Thousands of demonstrators for and against the far right have faced off in mass rival rallies in Berlin, where calls of “we are the people” were met with chants of “go away, Nazis” and techno music.

Police officers were deployed on Sunday to keep groups apart and prevent clashes, as leftwing militants vowed to “sabotage” the march by the anti-immigrant, anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 3:30 am

Daniel Ricciardo keeps cool in stricken car to win Monaco Grand Prix

• Australian leads from the front on streets of Monte Carlo
• Sebastian Vettel finishes second, with Lewis Hamilton third

As tales of sporting redemption go, few will have been harder to earn than Daniel Ricciardo’s very personal journey to the top spot of the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday. By the time the Australian had successfully persuaded the Prince and Princess of the principality to join him in swigging from a champagne bottle on the podium, his sheer joy was clearly infectious.

A mixture of disbelief, relief and exhaustion were etched across his face, if indeed alongside the usual beaming grin that had been so notably absent when a win here had been so cruelly wrenched from his grasp two years ago.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 3:22 am

'Shocking' rise in coroner warnings over NHS patient deaths, says Labour

Tory austerity policies and lack of resources are to blame for increase, says party

The number of legal warnings issued by coroners over patient deaths in England attributed to NHS resourcing issues has risen by 40% in three years.

There were 42 prevention of future death reports (PFDs) relating to issues such as lack of beds, staff shortages and insufficiently trained agency staff in 2016 compared with 30 in 2013.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 3:06 am

More quick packed lunch ideas for busy people | Rosie Birkett

Two sunny salads, an easy quiche and a spring-fresh soup for an easy pack-and-go

Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4. In a roasting tray, drizzle 50g whole, skin-on almonds with a little rapeseed oil, toss with ½ tsp smoked paprika and 1 pinch salt. Roast for 8 minutes, until crisp. Peel and grate 4 medium or 2 big carrots and ½ a red onion. Toss in a bowl with 6 sliced radishes, a handful each of raisins and dill, and season well. Pack into a lunch container. To serve, pour over 1 tbsp rapeseed oil and ½ tbsp cider vinegar, stir together and serve.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 3:00 am

Missing schoolgirl believed to have gone to Poland, says Met

Serena Alexander-Benson, 13, thought to have travelled to where her mother lives

A missing schoolgirl who left the UK on the Eurotunnel train is believed to have gone to Poland where her mother lives.

Serena Alexander-Benson, 13, was last seen by her father leaving their home in Wimbledon, south-west London, at about 7.50am on Friday.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 2:50 am

Police trial AI software to help process mobile phone evidence

Move to use software capable of facial recognition prompts concerns over privacy and the introduction of bias

Artificial intelligence software capable of interpreting images, matching faces and analysing patterns of communication is being piloted by UK police forces to speed up examination of mobile phones seized in crime investigations.

Cellebrite, the Israeli-founded and now Japanese-owned company behind some of the software, claims a wider rollout would solve problems over failures to disclose crucial digital evidence that have led to the collapse of a series of rape trials and other prosecutions in the past year. However, the move by police has prompted concerns over privacy and the potential for software to introduce bias into processing of criminal evidence.

As police and lawyers struggle to cope with the exponential rise in data volumes generated by phones and laptops in even routine crime cases, the hunt is on for a technological solution to handle increasingly unmanageable workloads. Some forces are understood to have backlogs of up to six months for examining downloaded mobile phone contents.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 2:36 am

Revealed: the developers cashing in on privatisation of student housing

More than 20,000 UK students are paying for rooms owned by companies based offshore

Tens of thousands of undergraduates are paying for accommodation at universities where developers are cashing in on the privatisation of student housing using offshore companies, a Guardian investigation has found.

More than 20,000 students are paying for rooms owned by companies based in places such as Jersey, Guernsey, the British Virgin Islands and Luxembourg but that figure is likely to be an underestimate given the surge in building in university towns in recent years.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 2:07 am

David Lammy: ‘London's joy had turned into despair’

David Lammy recalls the 24 hours in July 2005 when he celebrated the city’s Olympics bid – then learned that a friend had died in the terrorist attacks

I’ll never forget when it was announced that London would host the Olympics. A grey afternoon in Trafalgar Square had done little to assuage our fears that a flawless bid would hand Paris, the frontrunner, the world’s biggest sporting event. As culture minister, I was leading London’s celebrations and as the announcements came in, I watched the square erupt in colour and celebration with the news. London, the city that had raised me, had achieved the victory it deserved.

The buoyancy of the day before carried me through to the next morning. But it subsided as I was sitting in a car on the way to parliament and heard that there had been a power surge on the tube. Like many other Londoners that day, I couldn’t figure out what that actually meant, or why I had no signal on my phone.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 2:00 am

French unions accused of 'passive complicity' in protest violence

Interior minister’s remarks condemned by opponents to Emmanuel Macron’s reforms

The French interior minister has accused protesters against Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms of “passive complicity” with people who have smashed shops and banks and set fire to cars during demonstrations.

Gérard Collomb was speaking after marchers converged on the Bastille in Paris on Saturday to show their opposition to the changes being pushed by the president.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 1:34 am

Spain rescues hundreds of migrants from Mediterranean

UN refugee agency calls for urgent measures amid spike in arrivals with hundreds dying en route

Spain’s maritime rescue service has rescued hundreds of people trying to cross the Mediterranean into Europe this weekend amid growing concerns that the country is struggling to cope with the migration crisis.

The service said its crews had rescued 293 people from nine boats on Saturday. On Sunday, a further 250 migrants were rescued from eight boats, three of which were in poor condition and later sank, they added.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 1:02 am

Gente de Zona review – gleeful spirit of Havana leaves crowd intoxicated

Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
The Cuban duo brought a night of Latin American revelry to west London, with trombones, trumpets and thunderous bass

Bailando” is the word reverberating off the walls. Translated literally as “dancing”, it’s not only the name of Gente de Zona’s most popular song (and their opener for the show), it also perfectly encapsulates the night’s mood. Before the show has begun, the crowd is already buzzing, waving Cuban flags in the air, clapping their hands and moving their waists in time with the warm-up DJ.

If you’ve never heard of the Cuban duo Gente de Zona, they are by any definition a big deal: combining reggaeton with the traditional sounds of mambo and son cubano, the duo are hugely popular in Latin America, their tracks breaking a billion views on YouTube. Judging by their charming stage personas and infectious music, it’s not hard to understand why. At their backs, the soft lilt of the live guitar brilliantly complements the scraping sound of the merengue güiro, and the trumpeters and trombonists deliver a bold, metallic sound that penetrates each melody. During a particularly dynamic performance of Traidora, the guitar’s bass is turned up and the room feels more like a tiny Havana bar than a west London concert venue.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 12:52 am

RuPaul’s Drag Race live review – a high-kicking carnival of charisma

Beyoncé, Tina Turner and The Exorcist are all paid glorious homage to as the talent show’s Werq the World Tour hits Britain

RuPaul’s Drag Race has been one of the great successes of the last decade, in television and well beyond. The series, which sees a dozen or so drag queens battle it out each season to be crowned “America’s next drag superstar”, isn’t the first to bring drag into the mainstream, but it has certainly shoved it centre-stage. Nowhere is this more the case than in the Werq the World Tour, where a bevy of former contestants, a compere and four underdressed, overenthused dancers show their gifts to the world. It’s a bit like the Strictly tour, but everyone is more open about using Botox.

Tonight at the Troxy, the audience could be any pop crowd. The show is loved by people of all shapes and sizes, and the clientele is noticeably mixed, with nearly as many women as men. In fact it’s the women who seem to have got into the spirit more, wearing wigs, hats and glitter, while the men tend to play it more, well, straight. Perhaps dressing up as a woman is a job best left to the professionals.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 12:20 am

Pakistan blow away woeful England to seal crushing victory in first Test

England 184 and 242; Pakistan 363 and 66-1
• Abbas and Amir fire Pakistan to nine-wicket win

After that little oasis of serenity on Saturday evening, England reverted to type. In the space of 25 minutes wild hopefulness gave way to grim haplessness as their second innings subsided from 235 for six to 242 all out. No one was predicting an England victory overnight but it was reasonable to expect that the rearguard action might still be in operation at noon and that they could head to Leeds this week with something to savour.

Instead they will travel north humbled and humiliated, with their confidence in shreds having been thrashed on their own patch at headquarters by a side ranked seventh in the world, two places below them – though that will change if England perform as ineptly at Headingley. Pakistan won by nine wickets; they performed superbly but unspectacularly like solid old pros who understood the prevailing conditions precisely. And they are supposed to be the callow side. Pakistan bowled full and straight and let the ball swing and seam a little; they batted with grit and patience and they caught their catches. That was more than enough to overwhelm an England team in some disarray.

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 12:08 am

How women like me told of our abortions – and Ireland set us free | Tara Flynn

As a comedian, I was sure if I came out, they’d never laugh at me again. But telling those stories moved people to vote yes

Six years ago, I responded to a request from an Irish newspaper. They were looking for stories from women who’d had to travel for an abortion due to Ireland’s draconian laws. Anonymity was guaranteed. I happen to be one of the 12 Irish women a day who have abortions (roughly nine travel abroad either for abortion care, and three or so more take illegally obtained pills). After emergency contraception failed in 2006, I found myself having to fly to Utrecht in the Netherlands for a termination. So I had a story to tell. I went to meet the journalist and begged her never to reveal my identity. I was sure that if people heard me mention the A-word, let alone that I’d had one, they would never laugh at me again. Most of my work is in comedy. Abortion isn’t the first thing on the list when it comes to laughs. So how did I come to be standing on a stage in Dublin Castle on Saturday evening, celebrating the referendum result with politicians from almost all parties, alongside women who’d made the sad and lonely journey overseas for healthcare?

The woman sitting next to you on the bus is 'that woman'. The woman on the telly is. Your daughter is. You could be

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 12:03 am

My best summer photograph: suckers, sizzlers and surfers

The inflatable turtle of Guantánamo, the bed-infested fields of China, the strung-out octopus of the Med … Martin Parr, Joni Sternbach and other top photographers pick their hottest shot

Kiddie Pool (Gitmo at home, Gitmo at play), 2015, by Debi Cornwall

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Posted on 28 May 2018 | 12:00 am

'I pray for Donald Trump, I do': Bishop Michael Curry addresses US divisions

The preacher who shone at the royal wedding has returned home to the progressive Reclaiming Jesus movement

Faith leaders working with Bishop Michael Curry to turn his sermons of love into a movement see his invitation to preach at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as a moment of divine intervention.

Related: 'Jesus never charged a leper a co-pay': the rise of the religious left

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 11:49 pm

Jacob Rees-Mogg urges May to revive her no-deal threat to Brussels

Brexiter claims UK has strong negotiating position and should consider ultimatum

Jacob Rees-Mogg has urged Theresa May to revive her threat to leave the EU without a deal if Brussels continues to take an uncompromising approach in the Brexit negotiations.

Rees-Mogg, the chair of the European Research Group, which represents about 60 of the most pro-Brexit Conservative MPs, used an interview on Sunday on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show to claim that the UK could be more intransigent because it was in a much stronger negotiating position than people realised.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 11:27 pm

Real Madrid win with a vital ruthlessness but are they truly great? | Jonathan Wilson

The Champions League triumph against Liverpool showed that Real Madrid’s most obvious quality is simply that they win. Inexplicably at times, but remorselessly

“We are Real Madrid,” Marcelo said boldly after Real Madrid had – just – held off Juventus’s fightback in the quarter-final. The reference was clear: they were not Barcelona, not the sort of team to go giving away three-goal leads as their great rivals had against Roma the previous night, not the sort of side who countenanced failure. Whether that is arrogance or a necessary mindset for winning probably depends on perspective, but what is true of that Madrid is that their most obvious quality is simply that they win. Inexplicably at times, but remorselessly.

Madrid are only the fourth side to have been European champions three times in a row. Only they themselves, between 1956 and 1960, have had a run of sustained success better than the four Champions Leagues they have won in the past five years. That suggests they are one of the greatest teams in history and yet it really doesn’t feel like it.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 11:21 pm

Browse a bookshop: Far from the Madding Crowd

Top sellers and recommended reads from Linlithgow

“We’re located in the heart of Linlithgow, a historic market town in central Scotland,” says Sally Pattle, who was shortlisted as bookseller of the year in this year’s British book awards. “Our name reflects our ethos of providing an escape from the hustle and bustle. It’s a family business,” she says. “My mum bought the shop when it was tiny. Now we also run two festivals, including a free schools festival – last year, over 1,500 kids attended. It was hugely rewarding. Every independent bookshop is a bit different, that’s what makes us such interesting places. Our storytelling rabbit, BB, is the most loved member of staff!”

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 11:00 pm

Andrew Davies to defend John Updike with Rabbit TV series

TV writer tells Hay festival he aims to ‘wipe out’ idea Updike was a misogynist

Andrew Davies, Britain’s most successful literary adapter for television, has vowed to dispel claims John Updike was a misogynist when he tackles the author’s Rabbit novel series.

Davies is best known for his lavish productions of classic novels such as Doctor Zhivago, Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace and the forthcoming Les Misérables.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 10:00 pm

Laura Linney on making her British stage debut

The US actor tells how a new adaption of Elizabeth Strout’s My Name Is Lucy Barton chimes with our uncertain times

id-morning in Brooklyn, New York and grey clouds are scudding across the sky above St Ann’s Warehouse – a state-of-the-art performance and rehearsal space that was once a tobacco warehouse. Inside, a fabulous model of an angel is suspended from the ceiling, and beyond its windows the East River is getting on with its day. Laura Linney is said to be running late and when she arrives she walks in briskly without any diva-esque hauteur. She is all apologies, smiles, grace. She sits down on a circular leather banquette in the foyer and tucks her knees beneath her. She is casually dressed but with a black-and-white scarf for extra flourish. She looks comfortable in her own skin. At 54, there is a much younger woman visible in her face and not because of cosmetic interference but because she is spirit itself –you see that at once.

She is in New York, but the next opportunity to catch Linney will be in London, at the Bridge theatre. She is about to star in an adaptation of the American novelist Elizabeth Strout’s My Name Is Lucy Barton, long-listed for the Booker in 2016, adapted by Rona Munro and directed by Richard Eyre. It is a first-person narrative of Quakerish composure, slightly reminiscent of Marilynne Robinson’s work, about a woman who is a born writer, who carries the burden of the unspeakable: her childhood. It is about writing and what cannot be written. It centres, movingly, on an encounter over Lucy Barton’s New York hospital bed (she is recovering from an operation) with her mother – this offers a chance to revisit her childhood and, possibly, to redeem it. The play is not, as you might predict, a two-hander, but more dauntingly, a monologue, a 37-page marathon – Linney will be carrying more than the burden of her character’s childhood, she will be carrying the show.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 8:30 pm

Man who tampered with parachute not guilty of attempted murder, says wife

Victoria Cilliers says husband, Emile, was unfaithful but struggles to believe he tried to kill her

The wife of an army sergeant who tried to kill her by tampering with her parachute so he could begin a new life with his lover has said she struggles to believe he is guilty.

Victoria Cilliers sustained near-fatal injuries after both her main and reserve parachutes failed. Her husband, Emile Cilliers, is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of her attempted murder. But she said she was finding it difficult to accept her husband would do such a thing.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 8:22 pm

Look into my eyes: one woman’s journey from coma to consciousness

After a deadly bacterial infection, Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard woke to find herself locked in her own body, with only one way to communicate – blinking: one for no, two for yes. Yet five months later she made a full recovery. Here she tells her remarkable story

Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard is standing at her apartment door to greet me. She smiles warmly, ushers me inside, takes my jacket and puts on the kettle for tea. Can this really be the person who was clinically dead, then locked in a coma from which doctors believed she would never recover? The woman whose husband was told that, in the unlikely event that she did survive, both her hands would need to be amputated, as well as her nose, most of her face and several of her toes?

In her new book, The Blink of an Eye, there’s a passage in which Rikke, lying in a hospital bed, hears how gangrene is destroying her hands; in that moment, she writes, she realised “that I was a passenger in my own life, no longer calling the shots, and that I was not in control. I would never run my fingers through my hair again, never snap my fingers to a catchy tune, never feel my children’s faces through my fingertips.”

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 8:00 pm

The 10 hottest films of summer 2018

From the Jurassic World and Mamma Mia! sequels to indie horror, a proper romcom – and a massive shark – Observer writers pick the must-see releases of the season

(Ol Parker), 20 July

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 8:00 pm

Six reasons why social media is a Bummer

Jaron Lanier, pioneer turned digital sceptic, explains in an extract from his new book why we must take back control

It might not seem like it at first, but I’m an optimist. I don’t think we have to throw the whole digital world away. But there is one particular hi-tech thing that is toxic even in small quantities.

The issue isn’t only that internet users are crammed into environments that can bring out the worst in us, or that so much power has concentrated into a tiny number of hands that control giant cloud computers. A bigger problem is that we are all carrying around devices that are suitable for mass behaviour modification. For example, with old-fashioned advertising, you could measure whether a product did better after an ad was run, but now companies are measuring whether individuals change their behaviours as they browse, and the feeds for each person are constantly tweaked to get the desired result. In short, your behaviour has been turned into a product – and corporate and political clients are lining up to modify it.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 8:00 pm

Technology is driving us to distraction | James Williams

How often are you diverted from a task by the seductive lure of your mobile phone? And does it matter? In a landmark book, James Williams argues we’re losing the power to concentrate

Imagine that you’ve just bought a new GPS device for your car. The first time you use it, it works as expected. However, on the second journey, it takes you to an address a few blocks away from where you had wanted to go. On the third trip, you’re shocked when you find yourself miles away from your intended destination, which is now on the opposite side of town. Frustrated, you decide to return home, but when you enter your address, the GPS gives you a route that would have you driving for hours and ending up in a totally different city.

Like any reasonable person, you would consider this GPS faulty and return it to the store – if not throw it out of your car window. Who would continue to put up with a GPS that they knew would take them somewhere other than where they wanted to go? What reason could anyone possibly have for continuing to tolerate such a thing?

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 8:00 pm

Is the Earth flat? Meet the people questioning science

Believe it or not, some people still think the world is flat, and that we are all victims of a giant conspiracy. Alex Moshakis heads to Birmingham to meet Britain’s Flat Earthers

To the casual observer, there is nothing remarkable about the crowd gathered in a convention room at a central Birmingham hotel. Middle managers on a staff team-building exercise, perhaps. But their conversations give them away. The clique in the corner discussing the moon landings. The man at the bar chastising an acquaintance for holding on to the science he was taught at school. The woman who asks another, “If they’ve lied about this, what else are they lying about?” The various conversations peter out as the open-mic session gets under way. A 40-something woman approaches the stage. “My name’s Sarah,” she says. “And I’m a Flat Earther.” Other audience members offer similar anecdotes: epiphanies, followed by a complete rebuttal of their previous beliefs. Few are able to explain why a conspiracy might exist, why scientists might go to such great lengths to create false evidence.

I’m in central Birmingham, at the UK’s first Flat Earth convention, a weekend of lectures and workshops designed to provide believers with opportunities to engage with others who subscribe to the same hypothesis: that the Earth is not a globe, as most of us think, but some kind of plane, with edges. Around 200 people have paid to attend.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 7:00 pm

How ships bring agonising death to last Greek whales

Government promises action on collisions to avoid slaughter on busy shipping routes

In an office up a steep hill in a seaside suburb of Athens, a tiny blue light flickers from a computer terminal. Dr Alexandros Frantzis, Greece’s foremost oceanographer, points it out. The light, he says, tracks marine traffic “in real time”.

It is key to saving one of the world’s most endangered whale populations.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 6:05 pm

Jane Fonda: ‘I’m 80! I keep pinching myself. I can’t believe it!’

Jane Fonda is as outspoken, mischievous and political as ever. She talks to Sophie Heawood about racism, cosmetic surgery and the joys of working again with Robert Redford

Jane Fonda has ruined me. I never want to interview anyone under the age of 80 again. Specifically, I never want to interview anyone who isn’t 80, and who doesn’t phone me for a catch-up call from a limo in Cannes, in which they are being driven to the airport, having gone to a deeply glamorous film festival party the night before and now finding themselves, as Fonda puts it delicately, “slightly hungover”. Fonda isn’t even hugely interested in Cannes these days, not like back in the day “when people wore their own clothes and went there to talk about movies”.

No, she’s hungover in the limo, but wants to talk about the Black Lives Matter movement; about what she has recently learned of the mass incarceration of African-Americans in her country and how it isn’t enough for white women like her to be empathetic. They have to stand up and make this stop, because America is a country built on slavery and it isn’t over yet.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 6:00 pm

Alchemilla, Glasgow: ‘I used every last ounce of willpower to decline seconds’ – restaurant review

This food isn’t intricate or precise. It is not made to be photographed. It is designed to be fabulous to eat

Alchemilla, 1126 Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8TD (0141 337 6060). Meal for two, including drinks and service, £30-£70

I have located the focaccia of the gods; the loaf of the Italian, high gluten, olive oil-enriched bread against which all others must now be judged. It’s at Alchemilla in Glasgow. You will thank me for this information. Earlier this year I interviewed Francisco Migoya, co-author of the monumental six-volume work Modernist Bread. Migoya told me that focaccia had been one of the hardest loaves to get right. “It has a particular crumb structure,” he told me. He should book a flight from Seattle to Scotland immediately. He won’t be sorry.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 5:00 pm

My boyfriend wants me to see other people for romance and sex | Dear Mariella

You clearly want more from the partnership than your boyfriend is prepared to offer, says Mariella Frostrup. The painful truth is he’s not available to you in the way you want

The dilemma I am in a sexually open relationship with my partner of six months. This has always worked in the past, and we have always communicated openly and honestly with each other. Recently, however, he expressed to me that he wants me to see other people romantically, not just sexually, instead of seeing just him as my “primary” partner, because he is scared to commit. I know that he has low self-esteem and often experiences feelings of inadequacy. He fears that he will be replaced, but he also fears commitment, because of the promises and expectations it holds and because he is scared that he will disappoint me or fail me. We have tried monogamy in the past and it is not something we want to try again, but I fear that he is using polyamory as a way to hide his insecurities rather than addressing them head-on, and using a lot of flimsy excuses to shield himself from the truth. I know that he loves me, but he is also terrified. What do I do to support him and get over this fear?

Mariella replies Basically he’s human! You list all of your boyfriend’s emotional foibles quite extensively, but perhaps he’s not the only one using “flimsy excuses” to shield himself from what’s in front of his nose. There are often good reasons posited for dysfunctional lovers, but sometimes it’s a less complicated scenario than we try to paint it. I’m not taking a position on “polyamory”. Plenty of people swear that consensually putting sexual trysts beyond your “primary” relationship on the menu keeps passion alive. Clearly you rank among them and you say it’s worked up until now. Then again, it’s hardly a long-term relationship. I’m not being judgmental, but I’m betting you’re quite young. Describing the machinations of a six-month relationship as “the past” and using words like “always” to refer to that short period when judging the relative success of your open sexual arrangement otherwise seems fairly self-deluding.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 5:00 pm

The pressure to have a second child | Eva Wiseman

There are far easier ways to screw up your kid than by making them an only child

If you are a woman in the world, instead of being sent a telegram from the Queen, upon turning 30 you receive 1,000 magazine articles about motherhood. Some will come directly, arriving on your phone at 4am in the masked form of links to feminist websites. Some will appear in your lap at the hairdressers, or hidden in an interview with a director whose film you keep meaning to see, or ripped carefully against a ruler and included in a birthday card from your mum. Some you will search out yourself, as if you are a woman creeping through a lonely house with a knife having heard glass break downstairs – better you catch this intruder, than it catches you.

Depending on the decade in which you come of age, these stories will be focused on the importance of having children young, or old, or of freezing your eggs so you can think about it later, or of how to find the perfect mate, or of the liberating glee that comes with doing it alone. There will be an equal number, too, explaining the benefits of remaining childless, your fellow women in snazzy heels and shiny skin leaning in to tell you about the fulfilling life it is possible to lead without the weight of a kid round your neck and, indeed, the compelling political reasons why you should never procreate.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 5:00 pm

Gerald Scarfe: ‘I’ve always tried to make my drawings more extreme’

The cartoonist and satirist, 80, on his tough childhood, deadlines and getting angry with himself

I’m jolly surprised to make it to 80, because I was a very sickly child – I had chronic asthma. I take an inhaler daily to keep it at bay, but it’s always there. I’m doing less and less exercise because of a back injury, too, but our house has about 80 steps and I walk up and down to my studio at the top quite a lot. I’ve noticed non-asthmatics huffing and puffing when I’m not.

I stand at my desk, which is healthier. Unlike most artists who work from the wrist, I work from the shoulder – I swing at the paper.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 5:00 pm

Ivan the Terrible painting 'seriously damaged' in pole attack

Ilya Repin work torn in three places after man becomes ‘overwhelmed’ in Moscow

One of Russia’s most famous and controversial paintings, which depicts Ivan the Terrible cradling his dying son, has been badly damaged after a man attacked it with a metal pole in a Moscow gallery.

The canvas – Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, 1581 – was completed by the Russian realist Ilya Repin in 1885 and portrays a grief-stricken tsar holding his son in his arms after dealing him a mortal blow, a historical incident the veracity of which some Russian nationalists dispute.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 2:07 pm

Last orders at the Gay Hussar – the left’s hotbed of plots, gossip and goulash

For 65 years, the Soho restaurant has been the place where Labour lunches. But next month might see it shut

The Gay Hussar is among the most celebrated restaurants in London but its fame rests not so much on the quality of its chilled wild-cherry soup and its goulash, but on its reputation as the beating heart of political gossip.

The Hungarian restaurant in the centre of Soho has played host to generations of politicians, many drawn from the left, including Aneurin Bevan, Michael Foot, Tom Driberg, Ian Mikardo and Barbara Castle. It is also rumoured to be where the Tory wets fruitlessly plotted the overthrow of Margaret Thatcher in the early 1980s.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 7:12 am

Has Britain’s attitude to sex and consent begun to change?

Last week Sweden passed a law making sex without mutual agreement rape. But in Britain, attempts to educate men about the issue have met resistance

How do you know if someone wants to have sex with you? It’s a question – about consent and what constitutes affirmative, enthusiastic, mutual desire – that has been under intense focus in recent months. On campuses and in workplaces, on nights out and in the press, the spectrum for debate is vast: serious sexual offences committed by Bill Cosby and alleged against Harvey Weinstein have been evaluated alongside the viral short story Cat Person and the sensational account of a date with comedian Aziz Ansari. After #MeToo, what does the critical mass on consent reveal?

In Sweden, marking a victory for women’s rights activists, parliament last week passed a bill, by 257 votes to 38, to recognise that sex without explicit mutual consent constitutes rape. The law, which goes into effect on 1 July, ensures that prosecutors will no longer need to prove that violence or threats were used by the accused in order to obtain a conviction, making it the 10th European country to amend its legislation in this way.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 6:00 am

Ireland says 'Yes' to abortion reform – in pictures

Pro-choice campaigners celebrate after Ireland votes to liberalise abortion law

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 5:23 am

History is made as Ireland votes to repeal anti-abortion laws – video report

People celebrate after Ireland calls for an end to the country's anti-abortion laws, with two-thirds of voters choosing to repeal the eighth amendment to the constitution. Orla O'Connor, co-director of the yes campaign, said it was 'a monumental day for women in Ireland'

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 4:27 am

Fake plastic freeze: Jourdan Joly's ice-cream sculptures – in pictures

Since the creation of his first ice-cream sculpture in 2012, US artist Jourdan Joly has made dozens of colourful plastic ice-creams from his Atlanta studio. The very first piece was titled Best Friend Special: “It was sort of an inside joke I had with somebody about how you have to be best friends to share a dessert treat,” he says. Inspired by fake food items – which are popular in Japan – he creates his works by casting urethane plastic in a silicone mould. Since the resin sets fast he has to work quickly. “It’s always great to see the pieces materialise before my very eyes,” he says. “I like the slight surreal aspect to it – it always makes people wonder how it was done. For me as an artist this feels like success.”

Joly is also an enthusiast of non-plastic ice-creams. “I enjoy trying all the creative flavours people are coming up with. I think the most memorable was from OddFellows Creamery in New York that had an amazing miso cherry ice-cream. Otherwise my go-to ice-cream is green tea matcha.”

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 4:00 am

Life and death on billionaires' superyachts – video

The Guardian is granted exclusive access to some of the latest superyachts in Monaco. But what is life really like for the young people serving billionaires in the sun? We hear from a mother whose son died while he was working onboard a luxury yacht

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 2:13 am

The big picture: Tish Murtha captures youth unemployment in 1980s Newcastle

Pictures of life on city council estates captured the effect of the Thatcher government

In 1976, Tish Murtha, the third of 10 children of Irish descent, left her native north-east to study photography at Newport College of Art in south Wales. She returned two years later to train her camera on the streets on which she had grown up. Murtha, who her daughter, Ella, recalls as “spiky haired, and in baseball boots”, took this photograph in 1980 on the council estate of Elswick in Newcastle, while she was on a job training scheme for the unemployed.

No bomb had recently fallen on Kenilworth Road in Elswick, but it might as well have done. In just over a year of Margaret Thatcher’s government, a million manufacturing jobs had been lost; the west end of Newcastle was among the places worst hit. When Murtha’s pictures first appeared, her MP used them in parliament as evidence of the disturbing reality of life for those who had left school with no hope of work. The girl on the upturned chair, apparently sinking beneath the smoky rubble of her life, is Karen Lafferty; her boyfriend at the time, “Robbo”, appears in other photographs in the series, including one in which he lies on the pavement, under graffiti reading “Cops Piss Off”.

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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 12:00 am

The 20 photographs of the week

Demonstrations in Gaza, the eruptions of Kilauea volcano, the royal wedding in Windsor and Harvey Weinstein in court – the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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Posted on 26 May 2018 | 7:44 pm

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Wild horses, an Ethiopian wolf and a dolphin attacking a porpoise are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

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Posted on 26 May 2018 | 2:08 am

Deep south sounds: the ultimate music geek’s playlist

Take an aural trip through the southern states of the US – arguably the birthplace of country, rock‘n’roll, jazz and blues – and you’ll be hankering to visit the south for real

A musical journey through the deep south is a melodious thing, and I should know – I did a trip there myself with a newly acquired husband, seven years ago, for our amazing honeymoon. How lucky we were. The music of Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia provides an incredible trip through the rich history of the US, exploring the way Americans express themselves through jazz, soul, country, pop and blues. Even though I’m now an old married soul, these tunes still resound loudly in my life, and I want to jump on a plane every time I hear them.

We start with a blast in New Orleans, and the life-affirming noise of the brilliant Rebirth Brass Band. They’ve been mixing jazz, hip-hop and funk with the city’s centuries-old second line tradition (of brass band music at funeral parades) since 1983. Catch them at their regular haunt, the Maple Leaf, as I did, and you won’t be disappointed. Then we head to Nashville, to meet country’s first huge star, Kitty Wells with It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels – the genre’s first No 1 single, in 1952. She laid the groundwork for later Nashville-made stars such as Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, and her lyrics are impressively forthright to boot: “Too many times married men think they’re still single,” she burrs.

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Posted on 25 May 2018 | 9:56 pm

Football tickets: how resale sites rip off fans – video

A Guardian investigation has uncovered evidence of football tickets being sold illegally in vast quantities, thanks to an alliance between professional touts and websites that escape the law because they are based overseas. Through covert filming, we reveal a widespread practice that rips people off and that experts say is putting fans at risk

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Posted on 25 May 2018 | 6:32 pm

A hipster road trip through Seattle, Portland and San Francisco

If your inner cool kid is calling out for a vacation, the west coast of America has all the microbreweries, bikes and cat yoga you need

By Christian Koch

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Posted on 25 May 2018 | 3:46 am

Blocked from benefits ... literally – video

Jaki has been living without disability benefits for almost a year. When she applied for employment and support allowance, she had to attend a work capability assessment. After an hour's journey, she found she was not able to access the testing centre. Her experience is not unique

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Posted on 24 May 2018 | 7:33 pm

Sun, sea and the open road: an American fly-drive for beach fans

Want an ocean drive? Visit some of the best beaches in the world with a trip to Miami, San Diego and Los Angeles

By Kate Wills

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Posted on 24 May 2018 | 3:50 am

The Lone Star plate: a foodie road trip in Texas

Burnt ends and craft brews and tacos! Oh my! A Texan eatinerary will give even the most ardent foodie something new to chew on

By Anna Hart

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Posted on 24 May 2018 | 3:48 am

How Anna White is learning to walk and talk again – video

Anna White was left with severe disabilities following routine appendix surgery. She was unable to walk or talk and her life changed for ever. But after a long fight for compensation, White is now able to pay for intensive therapy. This is the story of her remarkable recovery

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Posted on 18 May 2018 | 11:21 pm

Superfans, boiled sweets and Pamela Anderson: ​six years spying on Julian Assange – video explainer

Ecuador has housed the WikiLeaks founder at its embassy in central London since 2012. Leaked documents reveal the Ecuadorian government spent millions of dollars monitoring his every move. Here is what we know about 'Operation Hotel'

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Posted on 17 May 2018 | 5:04 am

The lives of Grenfell Tower: the 72 victims of the fire

Portraits of all 72 people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire, based on moving testimony from family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances

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Posted on 14 May 2018 | 6:37 pm

Nothing is off limits at the Menopause Cafe – video

From hot flushes to sleepless nights, all conversation are welcome at the menopause cafes that are popping up across the country. They provide a space for women to come together and talk about their bodies in a way they may never have before

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Posted on 11 May 2018 | 9:59 pm

'The Germans sneeze loudly': refugees on their adopted homelands - video

A record number of refugees arrived in Europe between 2015 and 2016. First comes the excitement but soon they realise it is not entirely like home. Two years have passed and refugees living in UK, Spain, France and Germany tell whether reality met their expectations.

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Posted on 10 May 2018 | 7:41 pm

Fearless: five years after Delhi gang-rape, has anything changed for women in India? – video

The brutal rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in Delhi shocked the world. The victim, who became known as Nirbhaya (‘fearless’), succumbed to her injuries two weeks later, but not before giving testimonies against her attackers. Her death provoked outrage and protests across India as people demanded dramatic improvements to women’s rights. But five years on, has anything really changed? We revisit the city to ask women what they think

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Posted on 7 February 2018 | 8:33 pm